10 Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk!

Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of!

(Too lazy to write a good introduction!)


 1. Tufted Deer

Tufted deers are a small species of deer that are found in China. They are mainly solitary creatures, sometimes found in pairs, and they are very shy. Also, majestic fangs.

tufted deer

2. Star-nosed Mole

Star-nosed moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and United States along wet and low areas.

starnosed mole

3. Southern Right Whale Dolphin

Southern right whale dolphins are small species found in cool waters far south. They have no visible teeth or dorsal fin but they still leap out of the water gorgeously.

Southern right whale dolphin

4. Raccoon Dog

Raccoon Dogs, or Tanuki, are found in East Asia. They are not actually a type of raccoons, but they climb trees regularly.

raccoon dog

5. Patagonian Mara

Patagonian Maras are large rodents found in parts of Argentina. They are herbivorous and cute.

patagonian mara


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6. Markhor

Markhors are large species of wild goats that are found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are classified as endagered species by the IUCN since there are only 2,500 mature markhors in existence.


7. Maned Wolf

Maned Wolves are found in South America. They live mostly in grasslands.

maned wolf

8. Lamprey

Lampreys are the spawn of hell. Kidding. They are jawless fish that suck the blood of fish, or humans, and their body hasn’t changed since 300 milion years ago.


9. Gerenuk

Gerenuks are long-necked species of antelopes found in Eastern Africa. They stand up to graze for food. Very picky eaters!


10. Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in the Amazon. They are about 6 inches and they mostly eat insects.

amazonian royal flycatcher


    • RobertaH says

      Well actually there is not really a ‘real name’ as such. In Brazil we have them and its name is Lobo Guará . Manned Wolf is how they call it in english.

  1. divamyself says

    Too fascinating and a little scary to look at but i loved finding these animals existed. Whoa! :)

  2. Jose Alvarado says

    Whoa, the only one I was aware of was the Markhoe, just because you can eat them in Metal Gear Solid 3!

  3. Anna says

    funnily…I actually know of some of these animals from watching the nickelodeon cartoons, Dora the explora and Diego with my little brother :)

  4. Eagle Dude says

    Most interesting for me – the Markhor.
    It corresponds exactly to the hairy human faces of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It will be interesting to find out exactly what induced so much hair amongst the species from this region.

  5. Eagle Dude says

    Gerenuk (Nr 9) has surprisingly has such a tiny head compared to its total body size, and amazing that she has to stand on her hinds to eat. The East African fauna are a wonder on their own

    • Justin Jackson says

      They actually have rotating hip joints that allow them to stand up so straight and small heads with busy lips and tongue that allow them to eat leaves from the thorny branches of the Acacia. They also jump quite high, especially when predators are around, to show off their athleticism and health.

      • Jade says

        I’ve seen blackbuck jump when running from a perceived threat. I’m assuming it’s for the same reason? Very interesting. And amusing to watch.

  6. S. Hauzel Sailo says

    Yeah, I’ve never seen them.
    Southern right whale Dolphin looks wow.
    Lamprey, oh a big one.

    They all took my eyes.
    Its a great website with great photos.

    • Dogly says

      China kills these raccoon “dogs” for their fur. It is sold under the name raccoon, to trick Americans into buying dog fur, when we clearly prefer to torture and kill foxes and raccoons for their fur here!

  7. Stefanía Karitas says

    patagonian mara looks like “lets make a kangaroo. and a bit of capybara. ah lets just blend it. swoosh!”
    most of these animals look like “lets make this. no this. ah blend them!
    a deer/fox

    fish from horror hell
    vampires and deer.

  8. Emily Aarsvold says

    The raccoon dog is the poor animal that is skinned alive for the fur used in the fashion industry :(

    • ThinkBeforeYouShoot says

      Skinned alive? I can assure you that they are killed first or else they would squirm far to much to get that beautiful coat so that we could make even more beautiful coats. Too bad they don’t taste good too :(

      • Nathan Leroux says

        Yeah, skinning alive is not a usual practice of skinners. Although it’s a different story with black market meats and skins, there are no regulations there and it’s entirely up to the poacher.

        • Dogly says

          Alive? Dead? They don’t care. Speed in skinning is all. Oh, of course don’t damage the skin! Anal electrocution is very popular in the U.S. Truck exhaust takes a long time but doesn’t mar the fur. There are NO regulations ANYWHERE!

      • Kathy Sargent says

        Hit on the head, perhaps, but very much alive. Man is horribly brutal to other species. Can’t believe you said that. Some people just shouldn’t be allowed to breed.

      • Dogly says

        Your idiotic assurance is meaningless. We have video of their slaughter. Maybe, use the name, “Think Before You Type”.

  9. fish and wildlife guy says

    lamprey’s do not suck the blood of fish, that would kill the fish, which is its host and they would not kill their host, they slowly eat the flesh and meat of the fish, but only enough to feed then they release and find another host….not uncommon to find fish in waters with lamprey with round bite marks

  10. says

    I know them all, except the last one – but I have to comment because you have my absolute all-time favourite animal – the Mara. It’s a super double sweetie.

  11. MYusuf Advani says

    Tufted deer-charactrized by prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead. Forested mountain habitat upto 4500 m above sea level making study difficult. Living mainly in central China and northeastern Myanmar. Thanks for introducing this rare speicy.

  12. MYusuf Advani says

    Star-nosed Mole figured in the Red list of threatened species of IUCN. International bodies may please address their conservation.

  13. MYusuf Advani says

    Amazonian Royal Flycather is ‘Least Concern’ category species. It remain overall widespread and common.

  14. Guest says

    When I was a child I drew a tufted deer without even having previously seen or even heard of one. I showed my mother my picture, all proud that I made up a creature, and she was equally astonished that I drew something that exists without knowledge of its existence.

  15. Nathan Leroux says

    When I was a child I drew a tufted deer without having previously
    seen or even heard of one. I showed my mother my picture, all proud that
    I made up a creature, and she was equally astonished that I drew
    something that exists without knowledge of its existence.

  16. jack says

    actually the deer is called a chinese water deer often refered to as a vampire deer or in scientific name, hydropotes inermis a latin name and no i did not use wikipedia

  17. mad fred says

    The Southern Right Whale??????
    They are plentiful in Australian waters but don’t look anything like that. Look them up on the dreaded Wikipedia. I think you have some sort of dolphin family member without a dorsal fin there. Will be interested in seeing your support docs for naming it the SRW.

  18. says

    Loved the photos and information…I am always interested in the creatures that make up my world.

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